In the early 1980s, Pac-Man fever had swept the world, providing arcade-goers with a fresh take on video games and luring in players from demographics other than young teenage boys. And of course, in order to meet the insane demand, a lot of machines had to be pumped out.
This news clip circa 1981 was filmed on Midway’s (who acted as the game’s North American publisher) factory floor in Franklin Park, Illinois, highlighting that the facility could piece together a machine in about 40 minutes, building over 500 units a day as of the report. The footage shows a factory filled with dedicated workers skillfully assembling arcade machines that will bring joy to countless players. Simply seeing all of these now classic machines in pristine condition, being prepped for distribution is quite the sight to behold. It makes one wonder what became of all these bright yellow cabinets of joy.